Skin: Fair due to living in the city. Easily tans.
Body Type: Slender
Is stronger than she looks (i.e. able to take on some physical activities due to her adaptable nature).
Traits & Characteristics
Strengths and Weakness (depending on the situation)
Has written for several east coast magazine, newspapers and periodicals about life in San Francisco.
Can use (and is not afraid to) a derringer pistol (mainly for self-defence purposes).
Aliases / Nicknames
Current: San Francisco
Kith & Kin
Grandfather: Ishmael Thornton (deceased)
Uncle: John Caleb Thornton (deceased)
Cousin: Shade Thornton
Her parents (Robert and Isabelle) and siblings (older brother Joseph and younger brother Harvey) are still alive - they live and work in San Francisco.
Born to Robert and Isabelle Thornton in Philadelphia. She is the second of three children born to the couple. Her father was one of the younger sons of Ishmael Thornton and brother to John Caleb Thornton (Shade's father).
Her family moves to San Francisco. On the way west, they visit John Caleb and his family.
Marries George Carlton, a young and upcoming lawyer. The marriage is relatively happy, even though she is unsure if she really loves her husband.
George Carlton is killed in a riding accident and leaves Sarah a small inheritance. With the help and advice of friends, Sarah invests the money in real estate and other businesses. The result is a modest income to support herself and live comfortably.
1865 - 1875
Sarah continues to live in San Francisco and at some point reverts back to her maiden name by adding it to her surname, as she feels that being label as a widow is cumbersome (however, she still uses her married name when necessary). She also starts writing articles for eastern magazines and newspapers about life in San Francisco as a way to earn extra income.
Popular and socially active, she has rejected a number of proposals and doesn't see the point in marrying as she is self-sufficient.
After finding out about a prominent San Francisco family's secret, she is given the choice to leave San Francisco or be financially and socially ruined. It is also implied that her family would be affected or in danger if she chooses to remain.
After living for a while at Lost Lake Ranch, she moves to Kalispell to pursue her writing career and gets a job with the Kalispell Union
"Yes, I have small one bedroom cottage in the residential area on the southside of town. I don't even have a barn, if I did I would surely offer you a place to stay but I think you would appreciate a good bed to lie in. The Belle St. Regis is a nice place to stay and it might be a day or two before you can go to Lost Lake. As I mentioned before, it would be advisable for you to wait and go with some of the hands. With all of the tension, a stranger turning up unannounced might not get a good welcome."
Sarah smiled, "As for meals, I will be happy to share them with you until. You could use your time in town effectively by getting to know more about what the situation is like. You should get to know who your allies are just in case. Also, there are some people who know more about the history between the Steelgraves and Thorntons than I do."
"Yes, they did. Cody and Nettie are now six years old," Sarah answered, "They both live at the lodge on Lost Lake. Thankfully, they are being taken care of by Mrs. Miller...the housekeeper when Shade isn't there."
A frown appeared on her face, "I wish I knew what Shade is up to but I guess my being a woman has something to do with it. Hopefully, Shade will tell you what's going on...that's when he turns up again."
She took a deep breath to help lift up her spirits, "Well, I guess you would be wanting to get to the hotel and freshen up after your long journey. Maybe we can have dinner tonight to catch up with the happenings in both of our families."
"The beef started before the war when Shade killed Calvin Steelgrave, Elias' son," Sarah answered, "And as you can guess Elias has held a grudge ever since."
She sighed heavily, "Some people even think that he had something to do with the killing of Chance, Regina, and two of their children. There's also been a number squirmishes, ambushes and fights over the years between Evergreen and Lost Lake. Things, from what I understand, can be quiet at times with nothing much happening but no-one, not even Shade knows how long, or if they will ever last."
A concern look came upon her face, "Shade has been acting odd for quite some time now. He'll disappear for ages and then re-appear long enough to make some plans about the ranch before going off again. He was rather sweet on the local schoolteacher, Miss Bowen and I asked if she had any idea of what Shade might be up to but she is in the dark just like the rest of us."
"This town does have a good and reliable Marshall. Speed Guyer has kept a firm hand on this town ever since he took over."
Sarah, for a moment, thought about who would come to the Marshall's aide, if Case Steelgrave decided to try his hand at causing trouble in Kalispell. "The Marshall does have a couple of deputies - one called Pike who is away on his honeymoon. The other is Charlie Wentworth, who only just started a few months ago. I can also say that if something big were to happen there would be a good number of men who would come running to help."
"Truth be told Cousin, I'm for a good meal here in town, and a night in a real bed. Then, yes, I'd like to head out and meet this Quentin Cantrell." He said, adding: "Whatever's been the problem to this point, it'll wait another few hours." He smiled. "Unless of course these Steelgrave's strike the town while I'm here." And he chuckled.
"I doubt if they will ever strike the town. However, the outlying small ranches and farms will be targets, especially if Elias Steelgrave wants to own more land," she replied.
"Well Mister Thornton, what you wouldn't know is that old man Steelgrave has a good twenty to thirty riders, and there's rumor that his son Case is back in the area with a dozen or more riders, outlaws all, and if they should ban together, that will be a real problem. Of course, last I knew they didn't get along." Phin explained, "Sarah? What do think about them reconciling? I can it could be possible." He was not sure what she knew or didn't know to this point.
Ty looked to her, maybe this was a whole lot more than he thought it was.
"I'm afraid, Phinn is right. If the rumours are true then it will be a battle. As for them reconciling...well anything is possible."
Sarah paused for a moment and then said, "I suppose you probably don't know why the Steelgraves and the Thorntons are at loggerheads with each other since you haven't been in touch with the family for so long. I, myself only know how and why it all started. Shade told me some of it but it wasn't much as he didn't want to concern me too much about it. There are various stories going around but only Shade can tell you the full story and I'm not sure how much that will be."
Sarah smiled as she remembered the trip to the caves. The caves weren't common knowledge as there were still some areas on the ranch that people rarely went to. So she decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and accept that he was indeed her cousin Tyrell. Besides, if it proved to be all trick then the man would have to deal with both Shade and Quentin.
She held out her hand, "Welcome to Kalispell, cousin Tyrell. I hope we can get to know each other better while you are here."
"I suppose you will be wanting to get out to the ranch as soon as possible. I recommend that you wait a day or so until some of the hands come to town as it wouldn't be very wise to show up unannounced. Lost Lake usually sends out men for supplies once or twice a week and I can introduce you to them."
Sarah sighed, "I'm sorry but I have to be sure considering all the troubles the Thorntons have had with the Steelgraves in the past. Getting someone to pose as a long-lost Thornton relative would be something that Elias Steelgrave is capable of doing. Mr. McVey can also attest to this as well as all of the other things that the Steelgraves are suspected of doing."
She thought over his comment about being at Uncle John's funeral, "You might be confusing me with my mother who attended Uncle John's funeral with my father, Robert. I was in San Francisco at that time."
A frown appeared on her face. Part of her wanted him to be her cousin. "There's one more possibility. I did meet my cousin Tyrell briefly at the end of the visit we paid to Lost Lake back in '58. I was about 15 years old then. We all got on rather well if I remember rightly, and Shade took us all to one of his favourite spots on the ranch. It's something that wouldn't be common knowledge. If you could remember where that was, then I will know that you are my cousin Tyrell."
Sarah took a good look at the man. It was true that she had a cousin called Tyrell but she hadn't seen him in years and having only met him briefly when they were all much younger it was hard to tell. Most of the men in the Thornton family that she knew were clean-shaven including Shade, so it was proving a little bit more difficult to confirm if this was really her cousin.
What she did know was that Shade had sent for Tyrell almost a year ago. Apparently, there had been trouble with the Steelgraves back then and Shade was looking at getting all the help he could. Since the troubles between the Thorntons and Steelgraves had subsided and on the surface everything looked fine. However, Shade must have been worried about something as he was frequently disappearing. Sometimes he would turn up for a short before going off again. She asked Mike Wentworth, the foreman at Lost Lake, how Shade was and if she could help out in any way. Mike's response that he was just as in the dark as she was. All he knew was that Shade wanted him to help keep the ranch going until such a time when he would be back permanently, if at all.
Now, if there was only a way she could be sure about the man she was looking at. If he truly was her cousin Tyrell, then at least she could rest easy knowing that there was another Thornton around to keep an eye on Lost Lake.
As she continued to study the man, she could see something familiar about him but she needed more just to be certain. She smiled, "I hope you don't mind if you could tell me something more about yourself? I need to be more certain before I can say for sure that you are my cousin Tyrell. In fact I am hoping that you are as Shade needs all the help he can get."
Returning from having luncheon with Pastor and Mrs. Evans, Sarah was looking forward to spending the rest of the afternoon, finishing writing an article on the progress of the White Rose Theatre. It was small considering the theatres she had frequented while living in San Francisco, but big enough for the town the size of Kalispell. Ben Simons was looking having seating for about one hundred people, which in itself was an optimistic number.
Visiting local community leaders was one of the tasks Phin often sent her to. She suspected that listening to the humble (sometimes inane) going ons around town was not to his liking but she wouldn't mention it to him. A smile appeared on her face at the thought of Phin dining with the local ladies society and enduring their chatter about who was courting who and who had just had a baby.
Opening the door to the Union office, she saw a stranger at the counter talking to Phin. The stranger didn't look like a threat but these days you never knew who was who and most importantly which side they were on. Although, some claimed to be neutral, she was finding that deep down that wasn't the case.
Going over to the hat stand, she took off her coat and placed it on one of the hooks. As for her hat, she would unpin it when she was seated at her desk. Walking past the man, she smiled before turning to Phin, "You'll be glad to know that Pastor Evans said that the church board will be taking out an advertisement in next week's newspaper, to advertise the fundraising dance they plan to hold at the end of August."
"I suppose that you are hoping Leah Steelgrave, the Marshall or Matt Wentworth will be able to answer those questions," Sarah replied.
Not be familiar with the issue other what she saw and heard at the town council meeting she couldn't really work out a reason why someone would want to put such a worthwhile project on hold. Even though she had been here for almost a year, there was still a lot she had to learn about the history of the town and the people in it.
"Fighting progress seems to be a common experience in many towns especially when it comes to new inventions or concepts. I'm guessing that what or whoever is behind of all this will have valid reasons for delaying the handover of town property. If they don't, then the question is what can we do about it."
Sagas of the WIld West is a roleplaying game set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in Montana territory. Our stories begin in 1875 and are set against the backdrop of actual historical events.Sagas was inspired by the classic television and movie westerns. Our focus is on writing, storytelling and character development.
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